Smith Magazine Names Ananda as April Member of the Month for

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Great news! Smith Magazine selected me as member of the month for April.  Click here to read Smith Magazine editor Vivian Chum’s blog post.

If you recall, Smith Magazine is one of my favorite online destinations. Why? It’s simple. Six-word memoirs.  Click here to learn more about the six-word memoirs movement.

Six-word memoirs have been creative lifesavers for me, especially when I was writing my book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery ( 2009).   have also used them in my creative coaching practice.  Click here to watch a creative coaching session (15 minutes) I hosted on  last year about six-word memoirs. I am also using them in my current book project, Digital Sisterhood, a memoir.

My six-word memoir for today is:  rainy skies don’t stop rainbow news.

Do you have a six-word memoir you would like to share today?  Include it in the comment section of this post below.  Thanks.

Enjoy your day!

My Six-Word Memoirs about Digital Sisterhood & Digital Life

It’s Friday confession time.  One of my favorite past times is writing and sharing six-word memoirs on the Smith Magazine six-word memoir web site.  Today, I posted one that I wrote during a six-word memoir networking icebreaker held on Day #2 of the Blogalicious 2010 conference. After posting it, I rediscovered 30 (yes 30) six-word memoirs I posted.   See below. Some of them are gonna show up in my next book Digital Sisterhood: A Gen X-er Memoir on Life & the Internet.

Do you have a six-word memoir? Share it.

Go ahead and join the six-word memoir movement on Smith Magazine’s site: It’s a lot of fun!

My 31 Six-Word Memoirs About Digital Sisterhood & Digital Life:

Watch video of Ananda’s 2/11 creativity coaching session on how to use six-word memoirs to discover who you are in the present moment and creative process

Greetings All,

Check out the video of my creativity coaching session (15 minutes) that aired on Ananda Leeke Live! on February 11:  It discusses how to use six-word memoirs to discover who you are in the present moment and creative process.  During the show, I give an overview of six-word memoirs. For more information about six-word memoirs and Smith Magazine (folks who created the six-word memoir movement), visit

Writing exercises from my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on – are included. So get your pen and paper ready! Let me know if they helped you.

FYI – I am hosting another creativity coaching session on what creativity looks like in your life on February 25 at 9:00 p.m. EST on Ananda Leeke Live!:

I hope you can join me for the live class. If you miss it, don’t fret.  You can watch a video recording of it.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Enthusiasm for Writing Six-Word Memoirs,


Celebrate Ananda’s feature in Smith Magazine’s new book and the Six-Word Memoir Movement in January!


Greetings All,

Join me in celebrating the release of Smith Magazine’s new six-word memoir book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure which features one of my six-word memoirs: Go Green BoHo BAP. Urban Debutante.  The book is available on 

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of six-word memoirs.  They became an elixir for writing blocks during my memoir writing process.  They were so powerful that I used them to create chapter titles and several poems in my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009 – available on  That Which Awakens Me also includes a series of six-word memoir writing exercises in the Creativity Appendices.  I use them with my creativity coaching and yoga clients.    

This month I thought it would be fun to celebrate the six-word memoir movement with a series of blog posts featuring a collection of new and favorite six-word memoirs from That Which Awakens Me. I also want you to share your six-word memoirs in the comment section.  So to get us started, I have posted an excerpt from That Which Awakens Me which explains six-word memoirs below.

Excerpt, Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke:  “A six-word memoir is a statement that tells a story about who you are and how you live your life. It expresses your identity, personality, emotions, family connections, personal interests, favorite things, wisdom, life philosophy/motto, beliefs, professions, and/or experiences. The rules that govern the six-word memoir writing process are very relaxed. You only need to use six words! They can come from any language you choose.  Six-word memoirs are revolutionary because they don’t require you to follow English grammar rules. What a relief! You are free to write fragmented sentences, one word descriptions followed by a period or dash, six words that mirror a grocery list, or six words no one can understand or relate to but yourself. Your six-word memoir is your gift to yourself.”

Here’s my six-word memoir for today:  January in Washington offers sunshine chills.

What’s yours?

Also, you may want to post your six-word memoir on Smith Magazine’s web site for fun (that’s how I got started!):

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Joy, and Gratitude for Six-Word Memoirs,

Ananda … Woman training for a half marathon… (another six-w0rd memoir — watch out they are addictive!)

Ananda’s six-word memoir is published in SMITH Magazine’s It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

Greetings All,

Yesterday I received an email from SMITH Magazine filled with some amazing news.  See an excerpt from the email below.


Dear Ananda Leeke, Six-Word Memoirist extraordinaire,

Congratulations! Your Six-Word Memoir, “Go Green BoHo BAP. Urban Debutante.” from SMITH Magazine is being published in the new book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, on sale January 5th. (But available for pre-order now!) Thank you and welcome!

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of six-word memoirs.  They are one of the reasons I was able to overcome writing blocks that occured during my most recent writing process. I even used six-word memoirs to describe the titles in my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creativie Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.  See my chapter titles below. 

Chapter One: Honoring Ancestors. Family. History.Cultural Legacies.

Chapter Two: Girlhood Memories. Defining Self.Identities. Archetypes.

Chapter Three: Spirituality. Community. Choices.Lessons. Love. Joy.

Chapter Four: Creativity. Surrender. Courage. Beauty.Authentic Expression.

Chapter Five: My Writing Life. Poetry. Revealing Vulnerabilities.

Chapter Six: Yoga. Mindfulness Meditation. Green Living Journey.

Chapter Seven: Service. Vocation. Answering Your Life’s Calling.

Chapter Eight: Goddess. Sacred Feminine. Womanist Spirit. Sisterhood.

Chapter Nine: Home. DC. 9/11. America. President Obama.

Chapter Ten: Citoyen du Monde. Cultura. Music.Travel. 

I also used six-word memoir writing exercises in That Which Awakens Me’s creativity appendices.   My creativity coaching clients and workshop participants really enjoy working with them!

Do you have a six-word memoir to share? If so, leave it in the comment section below. 

Here’s mine for today: alarm rang. body tired. yoga anyway.

The SMITH Magazine folks have also published a series of six-word memoir books. Check them out on


Also, share your six-word memoirs on SMITH Magazine’s web site:  Join the six-word memoir movement.  It’s a lot of fun!

Enjoy your weekend! Live life fully! (see how the six-words work!)

Peace, Love, Joy, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude,